Yanny or Laurel?

A short audio clip is completely puzzling the world and pitting friend against friend in the online debate. What is the voice saying – is it Yanny or is it Laurel?

How can some people hear “Yanny” and others the completely different-sounding “Laurel”?

Several researchers agreed that the audio recording is just too ambiguous. Theoretically, listeners can hear different sounds depending on whether the low frequencies or high frequencies are amplified.

How do you explain why someone would hear the lower frequencies and some hear the higher frequencies in the first place? What could alter what you hear are your headphones or audio equipment. Mediocre speakers don’t usually play both quality bass and treble. So if you’re listening on your phone, laptop speakers or through cheap headphones, you might hear something different than with a high-quality sound system, CNET reports.

But what if two people are both listening through the same speaker and hear different things? Well, your ears just might be different.

“If I cut your ears off and put someone else’s on your head, sounds would sound different,” Howard Nusbaum, a psychologist who studies speech science at the University of Chicago, told Gizmodo. He explained that differently shaped ears focus sounds differently. You might actually hear sounds differently than the person next to you.

Even with various explanations as to why we are all hearing this recording differently, the bottom line is that not all people receive and process auditory information the same.


Congratulations, Misty Peacock!

Thirty-three beautiful women walked the stage on the arm of Sheriff Grady Judd in the 5th annual Women of Central Florida Spring Fashion Show on May 10th, 2018 at RP Funding Center. Each woman was tasked with raising money for Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center, with the top fundraiser earning the title of 2018 Woman of the Year.


Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center is thrilled to announce the 2018 Woman of the Year, Misty Peacock, of Midflorida Credit Union. Misty raised over $18,000 for the Center. Runners up were Bianca McKinney of N2 Publishings/Eaglebrooke Life, and Anne Wood of John Wood Management, Inc.


Special thanks to all of our models and fashion partners, Belk1026 SOFLO Fine Art Gallery & MarketplaceEdwards-Macy Bridal, and Babe’s Shoes & Apparel! Thank you to RP Funding Center, Publix Aprons, Finkbeiner Photography, Brynn Summerlin, Traviss Technical College, Sheriff Grady Judd, Wesley Barnett, Ronnie Hedrick, II., James Ring, Wes Craven, Hollis Rosenkranz, Bartow High School FFA, the planning committee and all of our sponsors/donors. Thank you, Midflorida Credit Union, Nikki & Jeff Appel, Bartow Ford, and Wesley Barnett for your Diamond Sponsorship!


The Center is the region’s leading provider of care for patients with communication difficulties. Each week the Center provides speech/language therapy for over 230 children, 92% of those children require subsidized funding. The proceeds from the event go directly to providing services to those unable to pay. The Center provides the necessary, early foundation for life success.


Autism Awareness Month

The puzzle ribbon was adopted in 1999 as the universal sign of autism awareness. The puzzle pattern reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope — hope that through increased awareness of autism, and through early intervention and access to appropriate services/supports, people with autism will lead full lives able to interact with the world on the own terms.

Please visit or ask one of our friendly SLPs if you would like to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or about the role they as SLPs play in the treatment of this complex disorder.



In Memory of…

We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of a great friend of the Center, Mr. James DuVall. Mr. DuVall served on the Board of Directors for the Center and ACE Charter School for many years. He also played a large role in Sertoma’s golf tournament which benefited the Center’s patients for 15 years! We are so grateful for his generous support in this community and will greatly miss his contagious laugh.

Welcome Ashley & Shaila!

The Center is thrilled to welcome Speech-Language Pathologist, Ashley Abraham and Audiologist, Dr. Shaila Perez!

Ashley Abraham, M.A., CCC-SLP

Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida University and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida. She is state licensed and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Ashley became a speech-language pathologist in 2016. She enjoys serving children of all ages and working with adults for speech and language rehabilitation to help them become better communicators and express themselves more effectively.


Dr. Shaila Perez, Au.D., FAAA

Dr. Perez has been a licensed Audiologist since 2016. She joined the staff at CFSHC in February of 2018. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning a Doctorate of Audiology degree from Wayne State University in May of 2015 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Wayne State University in 2011. She completed her fellowship at the Michigan Ear Institute (neurotologist practice) in Farmington Hills, MI. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. (Habla Espanol)


Hearing Aids for Children

The Florida Academy of Audiology recently announced the introduction of “Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids for Children” in the Senate (SB 890) and the Florida House (HB 1427). These bills would require private insurance policies to offer a hearing care benefit for children ages 0-21 years.

This is HUGE! Several states have already passed this bill and we are hoping that Florida will be next.

 As an individual diagnosed with hearing loss at a young age, I know first-hand how this bill would change lives! Some families aren’t expecting the additional expenses that come with hearing loss and aren’t in a position to take that expense on. This results in opting out of hearing aids for their child or going into debt.

Opting out of hearing aids for a child can have dire effects on their development and ultimately, their life. Social interaction, educational attainment, and future success are all affected by untreated hearing loss in children. With 30% of children in Polk living in poverty and 1,000 children with hearing loss, it is critical that legislature like this one is passed.

In addition, when a child is diagnosed with a permanent hearing loss, there are tremendous adjustments that have to happen – not only for the child, but for their family, as well. My parents had to suddenly change how they communicated as a family, educate themselves, me, family, and friends, and plan for the additional expense of hearing aids.

This bill would help lift some of the stress from the sudden and increased financial commitment that parents would receive when their child is diagnosed with a hearing loss. Every child deserves access to hearing aids and the passing of this bill will help grant that access.

More information can be found at:

How can you help?

  • Send a letter or call the office of your State Representative and State Senator to ask them to co-sponsor and support these bills. A simple phone call to the office or an email asking for support can go a long way. 
  • Tell families of children with hearing loss to also call their members of the State Legislature to support House Bill HB 1427 and in the Senate Bill SB 890.